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30 Sep 16 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley

Visited Oxford today (30/09/2016) from Netherthorpe (EGNF) in G-ROLY a C172. This was to attend and renew my MEIR which is almost 12 months old already!

PPR was arranged at short notice on the phone and I filed a VFR flightplan as usual via AFPEx. The flight was 1.2 on the hobbs and we elected a vectored ILS to land on runway 19 with a crosswind from the right. The runway condition is superb as are the facilities at the airport. Today was very busy with good weather and also plenty of commercial traffic and private jets inbound.

 

ATC were helpful and accommodating.

On site refreshments are of high quality and the general atmosphere is very good.

We uplifted 65 litres of AVGAS and unfortunately as it was not weekend this did not gain us a free landing fee. As such the fees overall seemed a little on the high side for a C172, with £18 ILS fee, £19.80 landing fee.

All the staff we encountered were helpful and I we left after completing the MEIR renewal with a similar route back, tracking north towards East Midlands and a transit via the EME before landing back at Netherthorpe via an overhead join.

All in all a successful and enjoyable day and great to visit a new airfield in the process.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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17 Sep 15 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Visited Oxford on 20 August from Exeter to continue the greyhounds’ holiday (and again on 15 September for a fuel stop). After a flight in IMC for much of the way, the radar service from Exeter, Brize and Oxford were excellent and much appreciated. Landing fee was just under £20 but the parking fees seemed a little high at a similar figure per day. But in recompense the friendliness of the welcome and the outstanding ‘Executive’ facilities with complimentary tea/coffee, cold-drinks, etc were possibly the most impressive I have seen outside of an airport executive lounge. The fuel too was a great price at £1.55/litre including VAT.

Car hire was available from Enterprise Car Hire just 20 feet from the terminal entrance and pre-booking got a Seat Leon for about £22/day.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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14 Aug 12 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Flew into Oxford today, 14 August, to take the greyhounds for a walk along the Oxford Canal. Since I last visited over 10 years ago, quite a few changes have taken place. There are no grass runways anymore and there is a brand new terminal. Right from booking PPR to arriving and finally departing, I found all the staff helpful and very friendly - especially pleasing when you see that they are focusing on business aviation and new-start scheduled flights, (Jersey and Isle of Man). I can't comment on the food and drink, but there was a cafe next to the Ops/terminal and it looked well patronized by the budding ATPLs from Oxford Air Training and had outside seating overlooking the apron and runways. The runway looked newly surfaced and was excellent. Landing fees: £16.50 +VAT wasn't too bad, but add to that the £16.08+VAT, for over 4 hours parking and it was not cheap. However, the parking fee would have covered 24 hours and the first four hours were free. Taking that into account, the landing fee isn't at all bad for the facilities offered, plus, if you fly in over the weekend, it's just £10, (not sure if that is plus VAT), which is waived if you refuel 45l or more. ATC? - excellent and very professional and helpful. Friendliness? - outstanding: they even offered to get water for the dogs. GA Briefing facilities? I must admit that I didn't try them as I could access them myself on my "i-thingy", but I understand that they will print off whatever you want. All in all, a great destination. Woodstock is around the corner and I highly recommend, (from previous visits), the Bear, (old coaching Inn), Oxford is a short bus ride away with a bus stop at the airport. If you haven't been, go! PS - Don't let the busy airspace worry you: just plan ahead and ask - Brize were just as helpful as Oxford.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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15 Jan 12 - Michael Broady - Middlewich

A quick visit from Liverpool late afternoon meant we couldn't stay long before the short winter day turned to night. We misidentified the field and arrived downwind instead of base leg but it was handled with efficiency and no fuss from ATC. Decided to take fuel and the re-fueller even walked us to ops. A really nice airport with clean and modern facilities and very friendly staff. Weekend landing fee of £10 makes it fab value for money (free if you upload 45lts of fuel currently at £1.96 ltr). Definitely worth a visit.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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3 Jul 10 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Very enjoyable if short visit to Oxford Kidlington. just the one very long and excellent conditon runway now (not the 3 as indicated in my 2009 airfields guide!) Really helpful ATC who were quite happ with 5 of us ariving in as many munutes. Great faciltities and good value at £10 for my Jabiru SK landing fee (free landing with 45 litres avgas at the moment)
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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29 Jun 10 - Alex Kingston
Came back after a year and Oxford now has an Enterprise-Rent-a-Car desk where you can get a little car for just £14.99/day if you stay over the weekend. EGTK are doing a weekend deal where you can fly-in any time from Friday and depart up to lunchtime on Monday, pay just £10 to land (still free though if you take 45 litres of Avgas), £20 for parking for the 'long' weekend and hire that car for three days. Made for a loverly weekend in the Cotswolds and took in Oxford. Didn't have time to see Blenheim Palace, but that was just 1.5 miles away - looked amazing from the air though. It's still a great airport, quite a few jets but very quiet with next to no training going on now. Ops guys were great.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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11 Apr 10 - Nick Taylor - Sellindge
Visited yesterday and was bowled over by how lovely this airfield is. The runway is excellent, the quality of the ATC was first class and the cafe was comfortable clean and good value. The landing fee of £10 was exceptional value and includes enough parking time to get into and back from the lovely city of Oxford. Thanks also to the very friendly staff in the terminal / airfield ops building - the warm welcome was very nice.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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28 Jul 09 - Ken Buchanan - London
Very slick and modern if a little clinical and lacking in the "Biggles factor". Fabulous runway for the price. I arrived in difficult weather and they were very patient with me.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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5 Mar 09 - Roy C - Bolton (fly From Blackpool)
Visited Oxford topday and have to say what a superb place. Great credit to the owners for the quality of everything we encountered. Great runway, superb ATA and fantastic reception facilty. Cost at £15 plus vat is cheap compared to some airfields if you want quality. Will cetainly visit again and hopefully with time to visit local area. I would encourage people to support the airfield and the efforts made by the owners.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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24 Nov 08 - George Cardew
Visited the other day after a couple of years since last visit. My goodness what a change - they have a new runway, ILS, a fantastic executive terminal and a little Costa Coffee bar and cafe. It's all gone a bit up-market but the fees at the weekend are still amongst the lowest - £7.50 for any single under 6,000 lbs of free with a 45 litre fuel uplift - extraordinary. It was relatively quiet too as a lot of the VFR training has gone to Arizona and on to simulators. The ATC lot are formal but efficient. Cafe O.K. The thing to do is fly in and go into Woodstock and see Blenheim Palace (5 mins in taxi) or go into Oxford which everyone should visit once in their life - stunning. There's a good pilot shop all weekdays and Saturday mornings.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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22 Oct 07 - Bob Chapman - North Weald
I went to Oxford on 21st October and was a little dissapointed with some of the facilities. The runways are excellent as was the ATC, very firm, but also very busy, lot's of rugby fans returning home from France. The cafe was dissapointing for such a large airfield, not sure if we cought them at the wrong time 14.30 on a Sunday, but no bacon sandwhich available, only an assortment of Ginsters pies and a microwave! Landing fee very good at £7 for a PA28
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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4 Jun 07 - ashley kemp - didcot
been flying from Oxford now for about a month with pilot flight training. A great place for aircraft hire and friendliness. The airfield itself is well maintained and all the ATC staff are very friendly and patient. Although busy it helps honed your early skills with mixing with all types of aircraft from tiger moths, dakotas, pipers, cessnas to the morning luxury jets as gulfstreams and beechjets. Having ground, tower and approach frequencies also helps you also hone your RT skills
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 May 07 - Antony Alcock - Kings Sutton , Nr Banbury. Oxon
I work for a company called Delta Aviation, and we operate a Tiger Moth from Oxford Airport.

What I would like to say is I have found everybody at Oxford Airport from the Management down to the Hanger Crew , are extreemly helpful to us, particularily at the moment with a lot of work going on with the Runway & ILS system improvements .

I am sure once all the improvements are completed Oxford will be a place to visit by anyone with a light Aircraft .

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7 May 06 - Nick .
Went to Oxford last year, I believe to collect a plane for a friend. Busy in the week with the Oxford Air Training. There lots of movments, lots of runways etc. Nice cafe but busy. The agent for Piper are there CSE. Be mindful of the Brize zone if taking off on southerly course and turning west. Possible to fly in to it, so i have been told.
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7 May 06 - Tim Evans - Telford
I'm suprised no-one has review Oxford before. I went there on a sunny Sunday afternoon. I thought it was a great airfield, wide choice of run ways, very nice scenery (it's right next to Blenheim Palace) and even a plasma telly and Starbucks coffee in the Cafe. Whilst I was there there were only 3 movements and the landing fee was - wait for it - £6 for a PA-28.

Wow.

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